Bingham Military Academy, the Paragon Building, the city auditorium, C. V. Reynolds House and the Drhumor Building all share a common thread. These structures were all designed or built by James Manassas Westall, a scion of Buncombe county, who rose to the forefront of the building boom that defined Asheville in the late 1880’s. He is one of several architect-builders that are responsible for the remarkable late 19th century and early 20th century architecture that is the hallmark of Asheville either as consultant, designer or actual builder.
He also designed several of the cottages in Biltmore Village as well.
Currently, the Drhumor Building is being used as law offices. It a distinctively Romanesque Greek Revival and stands as a shining example of downtown Asheville’s facinating history and architectural preservation.
The guests at our Asheville Bed and Breakfast, At Cumberland Falls Bed and Breakfast Inn, believe that one of the reasons for this buildings popularity as a stop on Asheville’s Urban Trail is to the credit of Biltmore Estate’s grand stone carver, Frederic Miles, and his frieze in limestone that define this structure.
If architecture is your interest, Asheville delivers! Hope to see you downtown!
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